National Guardsman Killed in Head-On Crash in Jacksonville, Florida
JACKSONVILLE, FL. – According to a news story reported online by news4jax.com, a National Guardsman was killed in a head-on vehicle crash in Jacksonville, Florida. The man was riding a motorcycle home from work, when a car drove into his lane.*
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on February 12, 54-year-old Master Sgt. Bowles was riding a Harley Davidson motorcycle north on Lem Turner Road in Jacksonville. Near Terrell Road and Interstate 295, a southbound Hyundai Genesis veered into the northbound lane, where it collided head-on with Bowles’ motorcycle.
Bowles was critically injured in the wreck, and he died at the scene, according to officials. He was a Florida Air National Guard Crew Chief, master sergeant for the 125th Fighter Wing. He spent more than three decades with the Guard and was passionate about his work. Bowles was also a devoted father, grandfather, and husband, family members say.
“To find out he was gone, it just broke me,” said Bowles’ step-son, Allen Rutland, a sophomore in high school. “I just couldn’t help but cry. I’ve never lost someone close to me, so it was a new experience. He loved me with a full heart and never stopped. He loved anybody. He could probably walk up to you now and make you smile in an instant.”
It is not clear at this time why the Hyundai driver left his or her lane of travel and entered oncoming traffic. This driver has not been identified, but Florida Highway Patrol says charges are pending. No further information about the investigation has been released at this time.
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